Cargo capacity has always been a sore point with legacy-brand (non-Tesla) EVs. The already limited cargo space in hatchbacks such as the LEAF and Bolt has been cannibalized for the battery, and the rear seats are not designed to fold flat.
Well, if you’re willing to sacrifice the rear seats entirely, you may be able to get a Chevy Bolt that has plenty of cargo space. A commercial version of the Bolt can be ordered with a Rear Seat Delete Package, which increases the Bolt’s nominal cargo capacity from 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded to 66 cubic feet, and greatly increases its usefulness by providing a flat loading floor.
Did you know that the @chevrolet #BoltEV with Rear Seat Delete Package gives your #fleet all the benefits of going electric and more cargo space than some compact SUVs? https://t.co/W5GiqwqgAT pic.twitter.com/n1lL8nT3Ap— General Motors Fleet (@GMFleet) September 8, 2020
As GM points out, this gives you more usable cargo space than many an SUV, including the Chevy Equinox.
This version of the Bolt can only be ordered through GM’s fleet sales program. It’s unclear how, or whether, an individual can go about buying one. (Or can you simply remove the seats yourself?)
A couple of companies offer aftermarket kits to maximize the utility of the Bolt micro-van. Adrian Steel’s Cargo upfit consists of a crossover style partition and 1/8-inch-thick floor mats. Knapheide’s upfit package offers the ability to add accessories such as boxes, drawers or shelving.